Last month I read this article in the Huffington Post by Nate Berkus. I absolutely fell in love with his quote:
“Home for me is everything. It’s the backdrop of our collective firsts…first steps, first birthdays, first days of school, first love. It’s where we celebrate our wins and hide when the world serves up losses. It’s where we begin our day and end our night. It’s where we get to decide what matters most and then hang it on a wall, or put it on a coffee table, or a fireplace mantel. These things, some small and some not so small, then tell your story. The story of where you’ve been, what you’ve seen, what you love.”
I love it. I love the idea that as we build our home and experience so many firsts, we are writing our family story. I love the sense of history that provides. It made me think about our home today and while it is still very much a work in progress, we are also lucky enough to have a few pieces that are really special to us.
In our living room we have a desk that was my grandmother’s. The desk, likely over 100 years old, used to be a desk at a bank in the small town she was from. I love it because it has such character and reminds me of my grandmother each time I see it.
On the other side of the room, we have the chest that Andris’ grandfather used to travel from Latvia to America. It is an amazing piece of his family’s history. We found it in his grandmother’s basement on a visit a few years ago. She was thrilled that it meant so much to us to have it. A friend of mine was over and thought we had gotten it from Restoration Hardware!! I love how that history is part of our story as well.
A couple weeks after reading that article, Nate Berkus was at the Barnes and Noble near Hillside Lane, so I stopped by to have him sign his book. I love thumbing through it and seeing how he and others tell their story through their homes. I love how our story is just beginning and look forward to filling it with things that matter.